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How Envestnet | Yodlee’s Startup Incubator Nurtures Data-Driven Innovators

How Envestnet | Yodlee’s Startup Incubator Nurtures Data-Driven Innovators

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Industry Analysis

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments to you make, the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson The startup game is not for the faint of heart.  While there are thousands of new companies being launched by bright-eyed entrepreneurs every year, only a small percentage will turn out to be successful. This is especially true in the […]

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Industry Analysis, Technology

It is a great time to be an independent RIA.  At least when it comes to technology.  There seems to be an endless supply of tools for automating, optimizing and generally improving the efficiency of an advisory firm’s operations. This is especially true in what we like to call the robo-platform or digital advice space.  Innovative companies […]

Pershing Looks to Natixis to Help Them Catch Envestnet in UMA

Pershing Looks to Natixis to Help Them Catch Envestnet in UMA

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Industry Analysis

Unified Managed Accounts (UMA) never achieved the expected market domination or lived up to the peak hype that existed before the financial crisis.  Now, it is just another managed account program, alongside Separately Managed Accounts (SMA), Mutual Fund Wrap (MFW), Rep-as-Advisor (RAA) and Rep-as-PM (RPM).  While UMA currently holds only around 12% of all advisory assets, according […]

How RIA’s Can Survive the Wild West of Roboadvisor Technology – Kitces

How RIA’s Can Survive the Wild West of Roboadvisor Technology – Kitces

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Industry Analysis

In the 1966 spaghetti Western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Clint Eastwood plays one of three gunslingers competing to find fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War. Each of the three have only partial information about the gold’s location, so they have to work together if […]

The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2016

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Industry Analysis

Craig’s Note: I love these summary articles because they’re a great way to re-purpose content while providing you, our loyal readers, with a handy overview of the year gone by.  Robo-Advisors are still a hot topic, although I believe a B2C shakeup is likely in 2017.  Portfolio rebalancing tools have been a staple on this blog since it started. […]

4 Career Tips from Successful Women in FinTech

4 Career Tips from Successful Women in FinTech

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Industry Analysis

There is a curious trend an observant mind will notice while scanning the halls of any wealth management conference. In most rooms, less than 15 percent of the crowd are women. Despite ongoing efforts, bringing larger numbers of women into the financial advisory fields has been challenging. FinTech has been no exception. Despite the sector’s power […]

Question of the Month: Ensuring DOL Compliance

Question of the Month: Ensuring DOL Compliance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Industry Analysis

For much of the past year, the wealth management industry has alternately dreaded and lamented the DOL Fiduciary Standard rule. With the DOL legislation now behind us, how can broker-dealers successfully adjust their business strategy? This question was posed to us recently when a large, independent broker dealer (IBD) was in need of a corporate […]

Wealthfront Revs Up With AI, But Is Still Running on Fumes

Wealthfront Revs Up With AI, But Is Still Running on Fumes

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Industry Analysis

Wealthfront finds itself facing a cloudy future as its fifth anniversary nears, thanks to the dust that its bigger rivals, Vanguard and Schwab, and its disruptive competitor, Betterment, are leaving in their wake. The robo-advisor just announced a collection of new features that they hope will right the ship and get their asset growth back on […]

Can Adhesion's Robo-Advisor Platform Attract Top Gun RIAs?

Can Adhesion's Robo-Advisor Platform Attract Top Gun RIAs?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Industry Analysis

One of the biggest trends in wealth management over the past year has been the slew of new products designed to help RIAs launch their own digital advisory channels.  Every vendor in the space has realized that they need to be able to check off the robo-platform box when they get an RFP from a prospective client. Adhesion […]

How to Avoid Disaster When Choosing a Wealth Management Platform

How to Avoid Disaster When Choosing a Wealth Management Platform

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Industry Analysis, Technology

What’s the best way to select a new wealth management platform? This is a question that I am asked constantly by clients. Everyone seems to have a horror story about the time they went through this process at some time in their career. The downside of living through this nightmare is that you rarely get a second chance to […]